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What Do We Know and What Should We Do About Inequality?



July 2019 | SAGE Publications Ltd

What Do We Know and What Should We Do About Inequality is part of a new book series offering up-to-date overviews of key issues of public concern based on social science research, featuring topics often misrepresented or simplified in the mainstream media.

Written by a leading expert with an accessible writing style, this book on inequality is a conversation starter and a way to spark informed, educated debate. It does this by providing illuminating, data-rich descriptions (what do we know?) and bold, prescriptive proposals (what should we do?). Topics which once seemed opaque are made clear, including –

·       How can we measure inequality?

·       What we know about inequality in income, wealth and earnings?

·       How does the UK compare to other nations?

·       What about geographical inequalities?

·       What about differences between ages, or generations?

·       What should we do to tackle inequality?

intended for anyone seeking a quick and authoritative understanding of inequality in the modern era. 

 
Background
Inequality in what?  
How can we measure inequality?  
Why should we care?  
 
What do we know?
Inequality in income  
Inequality in wealth  
Inequality in earnings  
UK vs other countries  
What about the very rich?  
What about geographical inequalities?  
What about differences between ages, or generations?  
What about income mobility – doesn’t that mean we don’t need to care about inequality?  
What about inter-generational mobility– doesn’t that mean we don’t need to care about inequality?  
 
What should we do?
Redistribute at the bottom: social security/welfare reform (Atkinson’s agenda)  
Redistribute at the top: how high should the highest rate of tax be?  
Taxing wealth, and other parts of the Piketty agenda  
Predistribution  
Increase social mobility  

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